Monthly Archives: February 2012

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Missed It Again” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. Been a bit of a crazy week around here, but we’re finally coming down off of that sugar high from the paczki on Tuesday. With Ash Wednesday this past week, we’re now well into the Easter season. So, let’s roll right on into weirdness and see what we can find this week.

  1. So, apparently Ash Wednesday was also National Margarita Day. Which was also followed yesterday by National Chili Day. Now, I’m all in favor of chili, and margaritas. But the timing for these days just seems odd to me. I mean yes, margaritas and chili pair nicely together. And that’s what bothers me. Couldn’t we get them moved into early May somehow? We could work out a Margarita Day, Cinqo de Mayo, Chili Day triple-header? Wouldn’t that be a lot more fun? Oh, and I’ve also just been informed that today is National Tortilla Chip day. Let’s move that one, too! Now we’ve got four days to celebrate at the beginning of May. That’s a party!
    Damn, now I’m hungry.
  2. Last night, the Detroit Red Wings lost, at home in a shootout, for the 1st time in 24 games. That’s right, they’re 23-1 in their last 24 home games. Not too shabby. For those of you looking for someone to blame for the loss? You can thank my co-blogger. Who was in attendance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  3. Every now and then, you hear about this thing called Karma. And every now and then you see some pompous you-know-what who thinks that they don’t have to follow the rules that everyone else plays by. You know the type when you see them cut lines at the store, ignore merge signs on the freeway, or in this case…. decide that the construction warning markers don’t apply to them, only to drive into a patch of still wet concrete! Red?
  4. Speaking of people Red would apply that particular adjective to, there was an article in USA Today earlier this week about the items confiscated by TSA screeners at airports. Now, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the TSA process some of it seems to be a bit of draconian overkill. That being said, I’ve never had a problem. Still, reading the article, I just had to shake my head at some of the items listed that people try to carry onto a plane! Folks, if you can’t bring a box cutter or a swiss army knife on board, you sure as hell aren’t going to be able to bring your samurai sword or spear gun on! I’d ask if it’s really that hard to figure out, but obviously, for some people, it is.
  5. There was something I had thought up to go into one of these spots here this week, but as usually I failed to make an adequate note and now don’t have a clue to what it was I wanted to talk about. Other than thinking at the time that it would be a fun topic. I guess I need to go blogging school and learn how to do this stuff the correct way. Still, I never once claimed to be good at this. In the meantime, I’ll wrap it up for the week. Don’t want to keep anyone from their day jobs.  Besides, I have to go put away the snow shovels. I got them back out based on the promise and threat of a ton of snow. We’re talking snow emergency declared, sirens going off, the works. And we got… wet sidewalks at the house. Boo. Missed it again.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here for the weekend. Got a lot to do, a day trip to attend to, and home improvement and repair projects to try to get to. In the interim, I’ll leave you with this. Because I’ve been wanting to use it for a while now. And since we’re into Lent and people are eating fish on Fridays. It just seems to fit. Sort of.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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Paczki Day!

Also known as “Fat Tuesday“, the day before Ash Wednesday. It’s more or less pronounced “Poonch-Key”. What exactly are paczki? Well… here you go.

Happy Paczki Day everyone!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Seeing Red” Edition

Hi folks, it’s Friday again and we’re going to run off in a little bit different direction here today. Yes, I’m going to stick to the usual format but the subject matter will be a little bit different as we try to work within a them and see where it goes from there. And fair warning, this one may be a bit hockey heavy for some, and not enough hockey for others. Shall we see where it leads?

  1. Valentine’s Day was just this past Tuesday. Plenty of red to be seen all around for that. Red flowers, Red cards, Red Chocolate boxes. Red Strawberries. And lots of Red Ink for all the frivolous purchases people probably made. Now, don’t get me wrong. My valentine and I went out for dinner and drinks and had a nice time. We just didn’t go overboard.
  2. While out on Valentine’s Day, we got to watch the Detroit Red Wings make history. They won their 21st consecutive home game of the season. That kicked off a wave of discussion both locally and nationally. I’m a firm believer that you really can’t compare different eras in sports, but a record is a record. And that one is damned impressive.
  3. Know what wasn’t so impressive? The front page of the TSN hockey page the next morning. Now, I know it’s a Canadian site and there’s usually some preference given. I”m fine with that. But when a team sets a record in the league you’re covering they probably deserve a bit more of a mention than the second byline under “Headlines”
    Hey, at least the jersey the Flames goalie has on is red, so for a second or two I thought it might have been someone from the Red Wings.
  4. So I headed over to Sports illustrated to compare. The front page of SI.com that morning? Well, that was the swimsuit issue. I can’t argue with ratings. But the hockey page? See for yourself.
  5. As we close out the week, I note that today’s date is February 17th. Why do I mention that? Well, for a couple of reasons. NHL Trade talk is heating up with the trade deadline fast approaching on the 27th, but that gig is my co-blogger’s specialty so I’ll leave it to him. Me, I’m going to beat an all too familiar drum. Because as soon as tomorrow people are going to stop seeing red and start seeing green. As in green grass. And palm trees. And start hearing words like cactus or grapefruit league. That’s right folks. The first sign of summer arrives tomorrow as Pitchers and Catchers start to report.

Okay, that’s five and I got a bit off course. I’ll admit this one didn’t really work out quite the way I had planned. Oh well, I guess that stuff happens from time to time.At least it’s done though. Because that means it’s time to start thinking about getting the weekend started. And that’s good, right? So to close out, I needed to find a video to go with the “Red” theme. I found a couple, but how do you not go with “Simply Red“?

Okay, I admit it. I just wanted to use Simply Red as an excuse to lead into this clip.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Fully Unprepared” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to an edition of Five Thoughts that I am utterly and completely unprepared to write. Hence the title today. But will that stop me? Heck no. We’ll just wing it and make it up as we go. After all, it’s Friday. So we got that going for us. So with that in mind, what should be talk about today? Let’s find out!

  1. The Phantom Menace launches in 3-D today. At first, I was staunchly against the idea of seeing it. All I could think of was “Great, they probably re-rendered a few scenes to have ships fly off the screen – big deal”. Then I caught George Lucas talking about it on television. He said he wasn’t a big fan of the gimmick angle of it. He talked about how it would add depth and such. Okay, that kind of makes sense. I can see that. I am now somewhat intrigued. I’m saving the outright morbid curiosity for the originals though. Because I really want to see how well a movie originally filmed in 2-d in the mid 1970s translates to 3-d in what would likely be 2015.
  2. Much to the chagrin of my co-blogger, I’ve started finalizing plans for more of “Beer’s Boondoggles” this year. I’m still not certain how many there are going to be yet, but I can assure you that at least one of them is truly a doozy.  (Hmm… I got to use boondoggle and doozy in the same post. Awesome). I may yet be able to create a travel section for this silly little project. I’m thinking some trips to New Orleans, Toronto, Chicago, and possibly a stop or two in Florida would do nicely. Maybe throw a Vegas trip in there, too.
  3. In music news, the first Van Halen studio album featuring vocals by David Lee Roth went on sale this week. I don’t have it, but I’ve heard some of it. Now, I’m not going to pass any sort of judgments on it. That’s not why I’m talking about it here. The reason I’m mentioning it at all is because right as this album comes out, what comes to my attention? The first song off of the new Chickenfoot album. Who is Chickenfoot you ask? Well, aside from a band that I used to close out one of these columns about two weeks ago – It’s the band made up of Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, and Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar. You know, two guys who USED to be in Van Halen. Am I the only one seeing a bit of a coincidence here? Hmm?
  4. In sporting news, we’ve truly hit a dead zone. The Superbowl is finished, and all we’re really left with is basketball and hockey. Now, that’s not to talk down to people who enjoy and follow those sports. Heck, we’re both hockey guys here on the blog. It’s just that even basketball and hockey are sort of hitting their “dog days” right now. You know, the middle of the season where you can tell it’s a grind towards the playoff push. The NHL tried to make some noise yesterday though. Finally “Announcing” that the Winter Classic will be played at Michigan Stadium pitting the Red Wings against the Maple Leafs. Of course, pretty much everyone who follows the NHL knew that it was coming. Still, it was a pretty cool announcement. Considering the announcement included a ton of hockey to be played outdoors at Comerica Park in Detroit. College hockey (GLI Tournament), minor league (AHL), and major junior hockey (OHL). Great for hockey, great for the city ofDetroit. You won’t see me anywhere near the 115,000 people they’re expecting at Michigan Stadium for the game though. Too many people for my tastes. I’ll probably be somewhere with palm trees for the game, anyways. Yes, more boondoggles.
  5. This weekend features some home repair on the docket for Beermaker. Going to be putting in a new garage door opener. Now, I’ve fought off my inner Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and the urge to mount a twin turbo-charged 4 cylinder gas powered garage door opener. You know, 220 horsepower, closed door to open door in .02 seconds. No, we’re going to be going with a standard issue stock electric model. Probably a ½ horsepower model. The only hitch? It’s going to be cold. Why does it always have to be cold when you have to work on stuff like this? Cold hands, here I come!

Okay, that’s five and I’m out of material for the day anyways. There’s some snow coming down, an my mind is on how the convertible is going to handle in this. Again, I need to be somewhere with palm trees. Like the Caribbean. And since it was just Bob Marley’s birthday….. Here you go!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

 

 

Feb. 27th – Canadian Holiday?

So you’re saying to yourself, I’m looking on the calendar and I don’t see any holiday listed on that day. Well, you have to look at a different calendar to see this holiday. It’s on the NHL calendar…yup, it’s Trade Day.

The days of the blockbuster trades maybe done, but I still find myself glued to the Trade Tracker from tsn.ca. As we approach that day, I started to think back to some of my favorite trade days and one immediately popped into my mind…March 23rd, 1999.

We had a bunch of Red Wing fans in my office and we had the radio going as well as the internet checks. Then we started to hear the Wings were making moves. They picked up Bill Ranford. Then they picked up Wendel Clark. Holy Smokes…everyone was wondering what was going on with Ken Holland, then we heard the words….Detroit picks up Chelios for what..nothing? For those youngsters who didn’t know Chelios back in the day..have no idea what an enemy he and the Blackhawks were to us Wing fans.

For that matter, Wendel Clark was another major thorn in Detroit’s side.

Although I think those days of blockbuster trades are gone, I’m still looking forward to see how the landscape is going to change after the “Canadian Holiday.”

What is your favorite trade that you remember?

Super What????

So I didn’t get the chance to actually watch too much of the big football game as I was working, but I did watch some of the commercials today online. I have to admit, nothing really caught my eye. That was until I saw the Sonic commercial. I was pretty impressed as that takes some serious work to put together. I watched it though and had this nagging feeling I knew that band from somewhere. Then it dawned on me…….

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Six More” Edition

Good morning everyone. Silly title today, no? What’s it about? Well, turns out yesterday was Groundhog Day and the little sucker allegedly saw his shadow. I say allegedly because when the report came out, it was still dark where I was so he couldn’t have seen anything. And I’m in the same time zone. So, assuming they’re telling the truth, it means we’re in for six more weeks of the winter that wasn’t (Or at least hasn’t been, up until now). And now, on with today’s post.

  1. I really, really considered posting an “I got you babe” video yesterday. I even had one picked out that had footage from the movie Groundhog Day. But after the video that went up on Wednesday night, I just couldn’t be that cruel.
  2. There’s a joke in here somewhere. There’s probably several. And not just the obvious “If you’ve ever been too drunk to” joke about “Being too drunk to drive a Zamboni“. I’m just not sure exactly what to make of this story, so I’ll just leave it at that. The picture of the Zamboni in the article is funny enough to warrant a look on it’s own though. Really guys, a plug on the front of the Zamboni?
  3. The Rise of the Toilet Texter. This is not me. I don’t ever want this to be me. Seriously, if I’m “taking care of business” so to speak – I DO NOT WANT TO BE USING MY PHONE WHILE DOING IT. What in the hell is wrong with these people? And for the love of God people, I don’t want to be talking to you while YOU are taking a dump either.
  4. There’s a big football game this weekend. And I always get a kick out of all the advertisements that talk about getting a TV, or chips, or beer, or food, et cetera for the “Big Game” because they aren’t licensed to use the “League copyrighted name” and don’t want to get sued. However, since we’re a non-commercial venture I’m pretty sure we can get away with talking about the Super Bowl. And for the record, I know it’s hard to pick against the Pats, but I like the Giants in this one.
  5. Just in time for the Super Bowl, there’s an article out from Consumer Reports about Coors Outscoring Bud. Now, I don’t want to go all beer-snob on the article but I loved the line “None of these beers has enough complexity and balance to be excellent, but Coors comes fairly close”. Now really, there are a few important rules about beer at a Superbowl Party but I’ll just hit the most important one. If it’s free, stop complaining and say thank you. Or haul your rear end back up to the store and buy something yourself.

Okay folks, that’s five I’m off to start tailgating for the Superbowl. And since it is Superbowl weekend, I know the Bears aren’t in it – but I couldn’t pass up a chance to use “The Superbowl Shuffle”.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer